The new single is accompanied by a deceptively simple video that features the band hanging out together in snowy weather, while animations by Chloe Hemingway and illustrations courtesy of John Moloney swirl around them. On the face of it, it seems like a pretty ordinary scene – trippy visuals aside – and is even filmed through an iPhone camera. But Garden is designed to be the antidote to troubling times, and is in fact a gentle reminder to take a step back from the chaos of life’s complexities.
Bassist /vocalist Lou Barlow explains: “Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. [This song] began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden.”
Explaining the low-key video, he continues: “There wasn’t a video planned for the song but since my wife Adelle and I had started making holiday ‘specials’ for my YouTube channel this past December, we thought we could knock one out for Garden.
“Adelle thought we should incorporate the whimsical paintings of Dinosaur Jr’s tour manager John Moloney. He routinely dashes off caricatures of J, Murph and I when we travel. I told John about our ideas and he thought it would be easy to video the band playing the song.”
“So, John and Adelle quickly captured the band playing the song on their iPhones on a cold February afternoon and I edited it all together in iMovie. Then we had Chloe, the real vid expert at Jagjaguwar, put the paintings by John and Adelle into the mix, and that’s it!”
Dinosaur Jr. will also be playing a livestream performance on May 1. Tickets are available now.
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- Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $26.60, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 30-Nov-2021 15:57)on December 6, 2021 at 12:17 am
DINOSAUR JR The Wagon (1991 UK 4-track 12" vinyl single, also including Pebbles And Weeds, The Little Baby & Quicksand [Wagon Reprise], glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minor wear & the vinyl has a few light scuff marks to indicate playNEG48T)
- Dinosaur Jr - Just Like Heaven - Etched - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $19.95, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 30-Nov-2021 09:57)on December 6, 2021 at 12:17 am
DINOSAUR JR Just Like Heaven (1989 UK 3-track single-sided etched 12" vinyl single, also featuring Thrown Down and Chunks, glossy picture sleeve BFFP47T)
- Dinosaur Jr - Just Like Heaven - Etched - Sealed - UK - 12" vinyl - £18.00, $23.94, €21.06 (New Item) (arrived 23-Nov-2021 09:46)on December 6, 2021 at 12:17 am
DINOSAUR JR Just Like Heaven (1989 UK 3-track single-sided 12" vinyl single with an etching on Side B, also including Thrown Down and Chunks. The vinyl comes issued in a glossy picture sleeve which has a minor seam split to the top edge but retains a vintage store price sticker and is sealed within shrinkwrap BFFP47T)
- Dinosaur Jr - Bug - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.95, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 01-Nov-2021 08:03)on December 6, 2021 at 12:17 am
DINOSAUR JR Bug (1988 UK first issue 9-track vinyl LP on the Blast First label, featuring the J Mascis classic Freak Scene, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some light spine scuffing and edgewear, whilst the vinyl has just a few light surface scuffs - overall an excellent copy BFFP31)
- Dinosaur Jr - Where You Been - EX - German - vinyl LP - £30.00, $39.90, €35.10 (Back In Stock) (arrived 24-Oct-2021 13:38)on December 6, 2021 at 12:17 am
DINOSAUR JR Where You Been (Scarce 1993 German 10-track Blanco Y Negro label vinyl LP album, picture sleeve. The sleeve has some minor wear, mostly to the edges and the vinyl remains excellent with only light play BYN28)